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Bali – A Visual Travel Story


Welcome to the breathtaking island paradise of Bali – Indonesia, where vibrant culture meets stunning natural beauty at every turn. Join me on a captivating visual journey as I delve into the heart of this enchanting destination through a collage of memories captured during our unforgettable trip (honeymoon, actually) in 2023. In this post, I invite you to immerse yourself in the diverse landscapes, stunning beaches, and warm hospitality that define Bali. Each photograph encapsulates a moment of awe and wonder experienced while exploring the island.

Join us as we embark on this visual odyssey through Bali, where every image tells a story and every memory is a treasure to cherish forever. I am happy to show you my favorite photos from Bali in this post.


Welcome to the Island of Gods

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Ready to Rest

Bali is behind a long journey when coming from Europe. After traveling for a good 20 hours, all you want is to unwind. Nothing could have felt better than waking up to our adventures in the serenity of an ultimate luxury resort.

The first part of our trip was scheduled full of relaxing at the enchanting Conrad Bali resort.

Coconuts are a popular and healthy drink in Bali. The fresh coconuts are cut open with a machete and ready to be served.

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Possibly the cleanest beach in Bali
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From the Beach… to the Pool

Dinner by the Beach

In the background, you can see the highest volcano in Bali – Mt. Agung. It can be seen even from Nusa Dua, 70 kilometers (43 miles) away. The volcano is still active.

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Ubud monkey forest

Home to roughly 600 monkeys, the sacred monkey forest and temple in Ubud is a popular attraction in Bali. The temple area does not attract tourists only, but the monkeys as well. They are regularly provided food to keep them around.

The temple area and the jungle have some real Indiana Jones vibes!


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Tegalalang Rice Terrace

Bali’s most important crop is wet rice. The traditional water supply system of local rice farming, called subak, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2012. Some of the rice plantations are open for visitors. One of the most famous ones, Tegalalang, is located in the Ubud region.

All kinds of huge artificial nests can be found everywhere in Bali. Some are free of charge and some you can use for a small fee. The payment often includes the keeper’s assistance in taking photos for you.

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Bali swing is a thing that I did not have the guts for. The platform of this photo is used as a dock for the swing. You can see the stool on the right side. That’s where you would jump with the swing and plunge yourself to fly above the valley.


Waterfalls

There are over 100 waterfalls in Bali. This one is called Taman Beji Griya, and it is not only a waterfall but a sacred place and a temple used for spiritual purification rituals.

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Wearing a sarong is mandatory in the sacred waterfall area and no footwear is allowed.

The more you stare at the stones, the more you start seeing all kinds of carved figures and incredible stonework.


Volcanoes

Bali has a total of 4 active volcanoes. One of the most sought-after tourist activities on the island is a sunrise hike to Mt. Batur. The day trip requires a wake-up around 2-3 AM.

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The trip can also be done as a jeep safari instead of hiking, and that’s what we chose.

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Mt. Batur erupted in 1963 forming a large lava field in the caldera area. The black lava field is still there to this day. On the other side of the caldera lake is Mt. Abang – behind the clouds.

The views of the black lava fields of Mt. Batur feel like another planet.


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Tirta Gangga Water Palace

The former royal palace was built in 1946 and named after the sacred river Ganges in Hinduism. The palace is known as a traditional Balinese site of pilgrimage and a place of holy water.

Possibly, the most famous photo spot of Tirta Gangga in the modern days is this water pool and maze.

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Several pools full of very gluttonous koi fish gather around wherever they spot a human standing by the water. Visitors can buy fish food from stalls outside the temple. Constant supply of food results in rather plumpy koi fish. Some of them are impressively large (like, think of the size of a pug).

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Lempuyang Temple and The Heaven’s Gate

Pura Lempuyang is one of Bali’s oldest and most revered temples. It is often referred to as the “Gateway to Heaven.” Perched on Mount Lempuyang, the temple offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and the majestic Mount Agung. Its iconic split gate (candi bentar) is a popular spot for photography, symbolizing the spiritual journey to enlightenment.

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At the highest point of Pura Lempuyang, the temple features a steep and intricate staircase adorned with dragon carvings and ornate stonework. This sacred staircase leads to the innermost sanctum, symbolizing the spiritual ascent and the journey towards enlightenment, offering devotees a place for profound worship and contemplation.

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Tourists wait in line for hours to get themselves photographed at this spot. While the posers switch turns, other visitors have only a few seconds to snatch a photo of the gate itself. Unlike the famous Instagram photos suggest, the gate does not have a pool of water in front of it, but the reflection effect is a manmade trick.


Bamboo Villa

Bali offers a variety of outstanding bamboo villas. They provide a unique, eco-friendly accommodation experience, blending sustainable design with luxurious comfort. We stayed in a villa called Queen’s House, at Magic Hills Bali.

Constructed primarily from locally sourced bamboo, these villas offer an immersive stay amidst the island’s lush natural landscapes. The open-air architecture harmonizes with the tropical environment and creates a serene retreat emphasizing environmental consciousness and innovative design.


A Resort in the Jungle

Jannata Resort in Ubud is a luxurious jungle retreat nestled in the heart of Bali’s lush tropical rainforest. This serene resort offers elegantly designed villas and suites, each providing panoramic views of the verdant landscape and the tranquil Ayung River.

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A rejuvenating welcome drink with a scented towel for refreshment.

The jungle in Ubud, Bali, is a lush and verdant haven full of biodiversity and natural beauty. Characterized by dense tropical vegetation, towering ancient trees, and winding rivers, the jungle is a sanctuary for diverse wildlife and plant species. The jungle’s serene and mystical atmosphere provides a perfect backdrop for eco-adventures, spiritual retreats, and a deep connection with nature.

Bali flower baths are a traditional and therapeutic practice that combines the beauty of Bali’s vibrant tropical flowers with the soothing properties of water.

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bali travel story
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Back to the Beach

Hilton Bali Resort is a luxurious beachfront retreat nestled amidst lush tropical gardens. The resort offers breathtaking ocean views on the southern coast of Bali.

Bali’s beaches are renowned worldwide for their breathtaking beauty and diverse offerings, ranging from pristine white sands to rugged volcanic shores with crystal-clear turquoise waters lapping against the shorelines.

Not only humans enjoy the beach life!


Magic of Early Mornings

The magic of early mornings in Bali unfolds as the island awakens to the soft hues of dawn. The serene beaches and misty jungles come alive with the gentle whispers of a new day, promising moments of adventure and wonder.


Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida is a smaller island located southeast of Bali. It offers a unique escape from the bustling tourist hubs of Bali, providing stunning natural beauty and off-the-beaten-path experiences.

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Angel’s Billabong is a natural rock formation located on the southwestern coast of Nusa Penida. It forms a natural infinity pool during low tide, allowing visitors to swim in its clear waters. However, during the high tide, it is an enchanting yet potentially hazardous destination due to strong currents.

The notorious Broken Beach was formed by the collapse of a large limestone cave, now featuring a circular inlet with towering cliffs surrounding a turquoise pool.

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Kelingking Beach is often called the T-Rex Bay due to its distinctive rock formation resembling a dinosaur. The beach is accessible via a steep, challenging hike down a rugged trail.

Crystal Bay is renowned for its turquoise waters, pristine white sands, and vibrant coral reefs. It is popular among snorkelers and divers.


Last Day in the Paradise

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